Amir Vahedi, the colorful poker pro known for his oversized cigars and matching personality, has passed away due to complications from diabetes.
News of his passing spread via Twitter with fellow poker pro Mark Seif posting the following on his blog:
“I’ve just been told by close friends of Amir Vahedi, that Vahedi passed away in Las Vegas on January 8, 2010, due to complications involving blood sugar levels. Waiting for for more details. Devastating news. Very very sad.”
Vahedi made the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event final table where he finished sixth for a $250,000 cash. Winning one WSOP bracelet (2003 – $1,500 NLHE) Vahedi earned nearly $2.5 million over the course of his career.
In 2001 he was named Texas Hold’em Player of the Year. His most recent final table was the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Championship event at the Bellagio in 2008. Finishing on the TV bubble in seventh place he banked $237,435.
Vahedi was in the Iranian army and served during the Iran-Iraq conflict before becoming a war refugee. Eventually ending up in Los Angeles where he would go on to teach Hollywood megastar Ben Affleck how to play poker.
BLUFF Magazine extends their thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of one poker’s most colorful individuals.